Publication Date

Spring 5-11-2020


The NSF-funded FACETS (Formation of Accomplished Chemical Engineers for Transforming Society, NSF Award 1623105) grant aims to transform the undergraduate engineering experience in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of New Mexico to address attrition within engineering majors, especially among underserved populations (Brainard & Carlin, 1998). The UNM FACETS Design Identity & Beliefs survey, an assessment tool used as part of the research of the grant, generated the dataset used in this study. I performed several different statistical analyses on the dataset, including confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), principal component analysis (PCA), and cluster analysis. The information obtained from these analyses was used to shorten the survey by eliminating ten questions that did not cluster with other questions asking about the same construct. Regression analysis and ANOVA techniques were used to build a model to predict student persistence using both the longer and the shortened survey.

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Mathematics & Statistics

First Committee Member (Chair)

Dr. James Degnan

Second Committee Member

Dr. Erik Erhardt

Third Committee Member

Dr. Vanessa Svihla




Statistical Analysis, Survey, Undergraduate, Educational Research, Engineering Education, Student Identity, Student Beliefs, Design

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